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Author: Wiley Cash Narrator: Jenna Lamia, Erik Bergmann, Scott Sowers Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9780062283870
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The critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home—hailed as "a powerfully moving debut that reads as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird" (Richmond Times Dispatch)—returns with a resonant novel of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, set in western North Carolina, involving two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins.

After their mother's unexpected death, twelve-year-old Easter and her six-year-old sister Ruby are adjusting to life in foster care when their errant father, Wade, suddenly appears. Since Wade signed away his legal rights, the only way he can get his daughters back is to steal them away in the night.

Brady Weller, the girls' court-appointed guardian, begins looking for Wade, and he quickly turns up unsettling information linking Wade to a recent armored car heist, one with a whopping $14.5 million missing. But Brady Weller isn't the only one hunting the desperate father. Robert Pruitt, a shady and mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is also determined to find Wade and claim his due.

Narrated by a trio of alternating voices, This Dark Road to Mercy is a story about the indelible power of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go.

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Quotes & Awards

  • This Dark Road to Mercy is a terrific, moving, and propulsive novel: Harper Lee by way of Elmore Leonard.”

    Jess Walter, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Wiley Cash knows how to grab his reader on page one and hang on for dear life as he presents brilliant portraits of desperate people.”

    Lee Smith, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Another winner. This Dark Road to Mercy is filled with suspense and beckons you to read faster to find all of the answers, but don’t, for fear you will miss the wonderful richness and detail of this particular time and place.”

    Jill McCorkle, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Darkly mesmerizing.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “The voice is Southern and oh so charming in This Dark Road to Mercy, a crime novel by Wiley Cash that’s also a road movie and a baseball tale and a wicket twist on Sixth-Grade Father-Daughter Night…If they hadn’t left such havoc in their wake, you might also call this a heartwarming love story.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Exciting and suspenseful as well as moving, with a captivating heroine, this is a tremendous book.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Captures the reader’s attention from the start and never lets go.”

    Library Journal

  • “Set in the Carolinas, Cash’s novel is a fine example of reader-pleasing southern storytelling in the mold of Ron Rash and Tom Franklin.”


  • “[A] striking take on Southern literature.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the February 2014 Indie Next List
  • A 2013 Library Journal Editor’s Pick
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Gold Dagger
  • A February 2014 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Wiley Cash is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and the acclaimed This Dark Road to Mercy. He won the SIBA Book Award, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and has been nominated for many more awards. A native of North Carolina, he has held residency positions at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and is the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.

About the Narrators

Jenna Lamia is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has won the prestigious Audie Award, as well as more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her narration of The Book of Polly was named a 2018 Outstanding Audiobook Narration by RUSA. She narrated Mary E. Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox, which won a YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults award, and Carol Lynch Williams’ The Chosen One, for which she received the 2010 Audie Award for Best Female Solo Narration. She has appeared on and off-Broadway, and her acting credits include appearances on Oz, Law & Order: SVU, and NYPD Blue. She has attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.

Erik Bergmann is a winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. He is the narrator of the Area 51 and Justice League audiobook series, as well as the voice of Fred on the companion audiobook for the Warner Bros. feature film Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. He has also dabbled in television, making appearances on Saturday Night Live and doing voice-over work for Random! Cartoons.

Scott Sowers is an actor and audiobook narrator. AudioFile magazine named him the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense. He is the winner of seven Earphones Awards.